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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robin Webb Corbett, PhD, RN C(East Carolina University)
Description: This book encourages the healthcare team — physicians, nurse midwives, and nurses — to reexamine our labor and delivery practices, with a view toward making laboring patient care less technologically based and more evidence based.
Purpose: The purpose is to present a "cohesive, evidence-based plan" for the care of the normal, healthy laboring woman, promoting a team approach to the delivery of care to "promote spontaneous delivery" and to "enhance women's satisfaction" with their childbirth experience. These are worthy objectives and this book will encourage dialogue.
Audience: It is written for healthcare providers and students who care for the normal laboring woman. It is also intended for lay readers interested in supportive labor. While most appropriate for healthcare providers and students, the book would be beneficial for laypeople who are familiar with the terminology. The authors are clinicians in obstetrics, advanced maternal-fetal medicine, and midwifery in the Netherlands.
Features: The book presents evidence-based guidelines reviewing pain relief, fetal and maternal monitoring, and the prevention of intrapartal complications. The emphasis is on promoting the body's natural laboring process to enhance the mother's satisfaction with the childbirth experience. Evidence-based care is reviewed and discussed. As a reviewer states, this book provides a good counterbalance to our present state of interventional intrapartal care.
Assessment: This will promote dialogue and discussion among healthcare providers caring for intrapartal families. It suggests a new look at the evidence in our delivery of care to promote a more natural delivery with less technological intervention by providers. It also emphasizes a team approach to the delivery of care. Inclusion of these aspects of care will increase the new family's satisfaction with the childbirth experience.